Author Archives: Andrew Battista

About Andrew Battista

Andrew Battista is Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems at New York University

FYI: Announcements

A couple of quick announcements for the afternoon. 1.  I have to be out of town this coming Friday, so my colleague, George Phillips, is going to sit in for me and administer the exam.  He’s also going to bring … Continue reading

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Instructions for Monday & Wednesday, With Other Announcements

Remember that on Monday and Wednesday, we will not be meeting in our regular room.  Instead, we’ll be meeting in the Young Library to conference and work on our group projects.  Attendance is still required for everyone.  Here’s what we’ll … Continue reading

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Late Semester Exam Study Guide

This post is just a friendly reminder that we’ll be having our “Late Semester Exam” this coming Friday, April 22.  You may be dissatisfied that we’re having such a substantial exam—a comprehensive exam that’s worth 20 percent of your class … Continue reading

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Multimodal Products: Ideas for Final Essay Project

As a part of your final essay project, you are to compile and produce some multi-modal artifact, a video, an audio file, a photo essay, or something of the sort that can be circulated on this blog.  The artifact must … Continue reading

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Time is Short: Weekend Announcements

Happy Sunday evening everyone. Please read through this list of announcements to keep track of what’s going on in class during this last week of primary reading. 1.  Group prospectuses should have been posted on Friday.  I’m in the process … Continue reading

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Eroticism and the Song of Songs

When we encounter the Song of Songs, we read a strange book that seems to lie outside of the Old Testament’s theological triangle.  The Song is a compilation of erotic poetry.  At times it gets pretty explicit, or at least … Continue reading

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Late Semester Exam Extra Credit Advance

At the end of next week, we will be having our late semester exam.  Study guide to follow.  In case you are interested in public discussions about theology, justice, and the Old Testament, and if you are interested in gaining … Continue reading

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Weekend Announcements

I hope everyone is safely coming down to earth after the final four fog is lifting.  Here are some things to keep in mind as we move forward in the last month of the semester. 1.  See posts below for … Continue reading

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Futility: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom Literature

Ecclesiastes and Proverbs represent our first significant foray into Old Testament theodicy. Both are collections of knowledge about life that seem to take the reader outside of the Bible’s “theological triangle.”  Ecclesiastes in particular dramatizes the teachings of “Koheleth, son … Continue reading

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Job and Evil

Job is the quintessential example of Old Testament theodicy.  It is among the oldest parts of the Bible, and it asks questions that seem to occupy humans across cultures.  After reading examples from the text, consider the following questions.  Remember … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 in Early Modern Culture

On Monday’s class we’ll be considering one of the most famous poems in the Old Testament, Psalm 23.  Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Bible, you’ve heard of this poem.  For our class, we’ll read Psalm 23 as existing … Continue reading

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Important Weekend Announcements and Schedule Updates

I covered most of this in class on Friday, but here are a few bits of information to keep in mind as we head into the week in which our major essay is due. 1.  Please bring two printed copies … Continue reading

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Weekend Announcements

Happy post-spring break, everyone! I hope we all took the prophet Isaiah’s advice to heart:  “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”  Here are a few things to keep in mind as we get back into the rhythm … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Biblical Poetry

The “Reading Biblical Poetry” essay in the back of the Jewish Study Bible goes to great lengths to describe the form and function of biblical Hebrew poetry.  The chapter appears to be a smattering of information about formal devices and technical … Continue reading

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Sample Roundup: Psalm 23 and Culture

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be reading one of the most famous poems from the Bible, the 23rd. Psalm.  As we approach that day, I wanted to take a look at what people have been saying recently about the … Continue reading

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